As God called the children of Israel out of Egypt, that they might keep his Sabbath, so he calls
his people out of Babylon, that they may not worship the beast or his image. The man of sin,
who thought to change times and laws, has exalted himself above God, by presenting a
spurious Sabbath to the world; the Christian world has accepted the child of the papacy, and
cradled and nourished it, thus defying God by removing his memorial, and setting up a rival
Sabbath. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 1 }

After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, every conceivable power of evil
will be set in operation, and minds will be confused by many voices crying, “Lo, here is Christ,
Lo, he is there. This is the truth, I have the message from God, he has sent me with great light.”
Then there will be a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our
faith. A more decided effort will be made to exalt the false Sabbath, and to cast contempt upon
God himself by supplanting the day he has blessed and sanctified. This false Sabbath is to be
enforced by an oppressive law. Satan and his angels are wide-awake, and intensely active,
working with energy and perseverance through human instrumentalities to bring about his
purpose of obliterating from the minds of men the knowledge of God. But while Satan works
with his lying wonders, the time will be fulfilled foretold in the Revelation, and the mighty angel
that shall lighten the earth with his glory, will proclaim the fall of Babylon, and call upon God’s
people to forsake her. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 2 }

At the time of the loud cry of the third angel those who have been in any measure blinded by
the enemy, who have not fully recovered themselves from the snare of Satan, will be in peril,
because it will be difficult for them to discern the light from heaven, and they will be inclined to
accept falsehood. Their erroneous experience will color their thoughts, their decisions, their
propositions, their counsels. The evidences that God has given will be no evidence to those who
have blinded their eyes by choosing darkness rather than light. After rejecting light, they will
originate theories which they will call “light,” but which the Lord calls, “Sparks of their own
kindling,” by which they will direct their steps. The Lord declares, “Who is among you that
feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no
light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a
fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks
that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” Jesus said:
“For judgment I am come into the world, that they which see not might see; and that they
which see might be made blind.” “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth
on me should not abide in darkness.” “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath
one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” {
RH December 13, 1892, par. 3 }

By many the words which the Lord sent will be rejected, and the words that man may speak will
be received as light and truth. Jesus says, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me
not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” Human wisdom will lead away
from self-denial, from consecration, and will devise many things that tend to make of no effect

God’s messages. We cannot with any safety rely upon men who are not in close connection
with God. They will accept the opinions of men, but cannot discern the voice of the True
Shepherd, and their influence will lead many astray, though evidence is piled upon evidence
testifying to the verity of truth for these days. The truth is powerful to turn men to Christ, to
quicken their energies, to subdue and soften their hearts, and inspire them with zeal, devotion,
and love to God. The Sabbath truth must in no case be covered up. We must let it appear in
strong contrast with error. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 4 }

As the end approaches, the testimonies of God’s servants will become more decided and more
powerful, flashing the light of truth upon the systems of error and oppression that have so long
held the supremacy. The Lord has sent us messages for this time, that will establish Christianity
upon an eternal basis; and all who believe the present truth, must stand, not in their own
wisdom, but in God’s wisdom, and raise up the foundations of many generations; and they will
be registered in the books of heaven as “repairers of the breach,” the “restorer of paths to
dwell in.” In face of the bitterest opposition, we are to maintain the truth because it is truth.
God is at work upon human minds; it is not man alone that is working. The great illuminating
power is from Christ; the brightness of his example is to be kept before the people in every
discourse. His love is the glory of the rainbow encircling the throne on high. { RH December 13,
1892, par. 5 }

The Lord has said, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between me and the earth…. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you,
and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all
flesh.” In the rainbow above the throne is an everlasting testimony that “God so loved the
world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.” Whenever the law is presented before the people, let the teacher of
the truth point to the throne arched with the rainbow of promise, the righteousness of Christ.
The glory of the law is Christ; he came to magnify the law, and to make it honorable. Make it
appear distinct that mercy and peace have met together in Christ, and righteousness and truth
have embraced each other. When you look to his throne, offering up your penitence, praise,
and thanksgiving that you may perfect Christian character, and represent Christ to the world,
you abide in Christ, and Christ abides in you; you have the peace that passes all understanding.
We need continually to meditate upon Christ’s attractive loveliness. We must direct minds to
Jesus, fasten them upon him. In every discourse dwell upon the divine attributes. { RH
December 13, 1892, par. 6 }

As the bow in the cloud is formed by the union of the sunlight and the shower, so the rainbow
encircling the throne represents the combined power of mercy and justice. It is not justice
alone that is to be maintained; for this would eclipse the glory of the rainbow of promise above
the throne; men could see only the penalty of the law. Were there no justice, no penalty, there
would be no stability to the government of God. It is the mingling of judgment and mercy that
makes salvation complete. It is the blending of the two that leads us, as we view the world’s
Redeemer, and the law of Jehovah, to exclaim, “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” We know
that the gospel is a perfect and complete system, revealing the immutability of the law of God.
It inspires the heart with hope, and with love to God. Mercy invites us to enter through the
gates into the city of God, and justice is satisfied to accord to every obedient soul full privileges
as a member of the royal family, a child of the heavenly King. If we were defective in character,

we could not pass the gates that mercy has opened to the obedient; for justice stands at the
entrance, and demands holiness in all who would see God. Were justice extinct, and were it
possible for divine mercy to open the gates to the whole race, irrespective of character, there
would be a worse condition of disaffection and rebellion in heaven than before Satan was
expelled. The peace, happiness, and harmony of heaven would be broken. The change from
earth to heaven will not change men’s character; the happiness of the redeemed in heaven
results from the character formed in this life after the image of Christ. The saints in heaven will
first have been saints on earth. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 7 }

The salvation that Christ made such a sacrifice to gain for man is that which is alone of value;
for it is that which saves from sin, the cause of all the misery and woe in our world. The mercy
of God is that which constantly draws the sinner to Jesus. If he responds, coming in penitence
with confession, in faith laying hold of the hope set before him in the gospel, God will accept
him; for “the broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Thus the law of God is
not weakened by the gospel, but the power of sin is broken, and the scepter of mercy is
extended to the penitent sinner. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 8 }

The rainbow above the throne is the bow of promise, testifying to the whole world that God
will never forget his people in their struggle against evil. Let Jesus be our theme. Let us by pen
and voice present, not only the commandments of God, but the faith of Jesus. This will promote
real heart-piety as nothing else can. While we present the fact to men that they are subjects of
a divine moral government, their reason will declare to them that this is truth, that they owe
allegiance to Jehovah, and that this life is our time of probation. In this life we are placed under
the discipline and government of God to form characters and acquire habits for the higher life.
All the scenes in which we must act a part, are to be carefully studied; for they are a part of our
education, a part of God’s great plan. We should bring solid timbers into our character building;
for we are working both for this life and the eternal life. And as we near the close of this earth’s
history, we either rapidly advance in Christian growth, or we rapidly retrograde toward the
world. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 9 }

Temptations will come in like a flood; but we need not fail nor be discouraged while we know
that the bow of promise is above the throne of God. We shall be subject to heavy trials,
opposition, bereavement, affliction, but we know that Jesus passed through all these. These
experiences are valuable to us; the advantages of varying experiences are not by any means
confined to this short life; they reach into eternal ages. Through patience, faith, and hope, in all
the changing scenes of earth, we are forming characters for the everlasting life. And whatever
we are called upon to bear, we may be assured that all things work together for good to those
that love God. { RH December 13, 1892, par. 10 }


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